Summer months are spent soaking up the sun lakeside, dining with friends on patios and rooftops, and cruising the streets for weekend festivals. The atmosphere is lively, fun, and spirited. When the air starts to chill, however, things seem to get a little more cozy and intimate. We take the party inside, and we spend our time with our nearest and dearest. In my world, that means a lot of dinner parties, game nights, and movie marathons.
Tonight is the beginning of trivia season, and Jon has been quizzing me to prepare for the season opener: “Who was the last player in major league baseball to hit over 50 homeruns in a single season?” He’s a bit of a sports nut, so his questions keep me knowledge about baseball, football and basketball. Go ahead, ask me anything about the 2000 Rosebowl. Do it.
Trivia is just the beginning of game season for us, and our apart(y)ment will be hosting lots of game nights before the new year begins. To keep things exciting, I’ve started looking for new games to share with friends. My picks are below, but I’m anxious to know you play when you’re stuck inside — any recommendations?
My DIY projects last week left made me want to sing along with Vanilla Ice to “can’t touch this…” Perhaps I’m biased, but I thought thought the mason jar flower vase and makeup brush holder would have Pottery Barn executives calling me to learn all my secrets. Especially when they realized I was doing all my crafting for less than $5.
The only shortfall, as far as I could see, was that I didn’t have a matching set to make it look organized. I decided to change that by crafting a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. Like magic, I now have the entire line of mason jar bathroom products.
The toothbrush holder is the easy-as-pie design that inspired the makeup brush holder. To replicate, simply fill a mason jar with white sand, and stick your items inside:
The mason jar soap dispenser is a little more complicated because it takes 3 steps instead of 2. For this, simply use a pushpin to make a hole in the top of the mason jar, and then stick a pump from another soap dispenser inside (I found a soap dispenser at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar): To add a country chic feel, spray paint mason jars to match the decor of your house, and then fill with flowers. You can see how I made the makeup brush holder here, and instructions for the mason jar flower vase are here.
Let me know if you have any other questions, and enjoy the simple project 🙂
i got into a debate this weekend about the pros and cons of city vs. suburban vs. rural living. the city gets my vote time and again because it’s the only living environment that allows you to interact with new people every day, thereby creating the opportunity for endless interactions and exchanges. my friend countered, saying that the hundreds of thousands of people in the city rarely talk to strangers or neighbors, and so you might as well live in a cabin in the woods. the topic then switched to where we would want our 5 hypothetical vacation homes, and the conversation was seemingly forgotten.
this morning I confirmed minneapolis is the 47th largest city in the nation with 387,753, residents. 47 is a respectable number if for no other reason that it makes the top 50. still, I’m convinced that if people make an effort toward intimacy, then a large city can feel welcoming and communal.
if welcome mats could speak, they would say something like ‘hello friend! welcome to this house. please come inside and get cozy.” right? or no? maybe i’m making odd assumptions about inanimate objects. either way, the welcome mat seems to hint at the importance of community.
today i made 6 welcome mats out of vinyl, stencils and paint, and then i placed them around the city: 3 for residents in my apartment, and 3 for strangers living in houses nearby.
it seems to me that love grows best in little houses — where family members live in quarters so close that they are constantly communicating and learning about one another. jon and i both shared rooms with our siblings when we were younger, so perhaps living on top of one another comes naturally to us (my sister and i had bunkbeds, so that expression is entirely accurate here). the situation in the apartment becomes a little tricky when you had our puppy, kinzie:kinzie takes up about as much space as a teddy bear, but it was still tricky to find room for her. we had thought we found a solution when we put her crate in our closet:kinzie didn’t think the crate in the closet idea was as brilliant as we did, and so she now sleeps with us. i think everyone likes it better this way:i spent today making the apartment more kinzie friendly by making a chest for her toys. i started with this:and ended with this:i liked the final product so much that i sanded a wood plank and made a monogrammed mat for her dishes:luckily for us, our apartment has a dog park in the middle of the building, so we ended the day with a trip out of doors: